Cape of Good Hope overnight
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A day and a half of hiking in the stunning Cape Point Nature Reserve, including an unforgettable night in a remote beach cottage in the reserve.
The picturesque coastal scenery and indigenous flora and fauna are the highlights of this 2-day trip. We include the usual suspects in the touring itinerary while hiking the trails. We include a stop at the Boulders penguin colony en route to or from the reserve. In addition, we visit the iconic Cape Point Lighthouse and the Cape of Good Hope.
The highlight is no doubt spending a night in a remote cottage located right on the beach. Our stay makes possible sightings of baboon, Cape mountain zebra, eland, bontebok, red hartebeest, ostrich and Cape clawless otter. During the winter months (July to November), we may spot southern right whales off the coast.
The trip is ideal for guests who enjoy and are familiar with hiking in nature. It’s ultimately an extended, slow, immersive peninsula tour, with the opportunity to do additional exploring along the way.
Please contact your DMC for updated rates
If you are a tour operator, please contact us for STO rates
Private transfers and the services of a private walking guide
Transport of personal and group equipment
Mineral water, trail snacks and refreshments during hiking activities
1 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunches & 1 x Dinner, including mineral water and hot beverages
Limited wine and beer at dinner and sundowner cocktails
Entrance fees to Boulders Beach and the Cape Point Nature Reserve
Access to Active Africa personal hiking equipment – cold weather gear, trekking poles, back packs, water bottles.
Flying Dutchman Funicular tickets at Cape Point
Additional alcoholic beverages
YOU SHOULD KNOW
While the trails are not technical, there is no vehicle support once on the trail to assist guests who no longer wish to participate.
All personal and group equipment is portered to the beach cottage by our team – guests need only hike with a light day pack.
SANParks levies a R1000 surcharge on the cottage between December 8th and January 17th.
Most dietary requirements can be catered for provided ample advance notice is given, although please note that strict Kosher or Halaal diets may be limited and attract a surcharge.
The winter months (June – September) can be cold and wet, but this often does not detract from the beauty of the hikes. December and January can be very windy in the reserve, but again, this does not normally affect hiking.
Please note that while this tour can be offered any day of the week, over weekends and during school holidays cottage availability can be limited and we advise booking well in advance to avoid any disappointment
The trails chosen for this breakaway can be adapted to varying fitness levels. The coastal trails can be steep and rocky with some long stretches of sandy beach on some.
We recommend that hikers have moderate walking fitness and good balance.
- Day 1: Moderate. Expect mostly undulating trails on both rocky paths and sandy shorelines, with the occasional short but steep ascent or descent on route. 4 to 5hrs, 9km.
- Day 2: Moderate. Sandy beach and softly undulating trails, with a short ascent and descent over rocky trails towards the end of the hike. 3 to 4hrs, 7km
For takeaway information, please download our Overnight in Cape Point Reserve fact sheet
The Olifantsbos Cottage is a South African National Parks facility. It is a simple and basic beach cottage, pleasantly appointed with individual rooms featuring comfortable beds and linen, gas-heated hot showers, a shared bathroom and a comfortable living area both indoors and out.
The cottage can accommodate 12 people including the guide, although due to the configuration of the rooms and facilities, this experience is best suited for a maximum of 6 guests. The cottage is booked for private use – guests will not be sharing the facility with other guests.
Please note that there is no Wi-Fi and limited mobile phone reception in this location.